Author: Stephanie Bearce
Product Code: 504
ISBN: 9781618212504
Pages: 128
Availability: In stock.

The pigpen cipher, the Devil’s Coffee Mill, and germ warfare were all a part of the Civil War, but you won’t learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Widow Greenhow’s spy ring, how soldiers stole a locomotive, and the identity of the mysterious “Gray Ghost.” Then learn how to make a cipher wheel and send secret light signals to your friends. It’s all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: The Civil War. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden . . .

Ages 9–12


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by Stacy Butz
on 2/2/2015
Captivating for Young Readers
As an educator, I found this book to be captivating to young readers. The layout of the text features invites readers to learn about the secrets of spies, missions and hidden facts they may not have been taught in history classes. This book is engaging and also includes several fun spy training experiments. I highly recommend this book to classroom teachers, parents, librarians and especially history teachers.
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Review by: Elaine Weiner, Gifted Education Communicator - September 1, 2015
Stephanie Bearce has a wonderful way with words which will appeal to the young people reading this book, and I repeatedly report that I loved reading this series. It will appeal to all . . . Each chapter tells about secrets that were dealt with by children and women as well as the usual male spies. Where and how are secrets that most of us did not know until these books. The pictures and titles and pages that specifically tell children how to “spy” will appeal to young people as much as the stories.
Review by: Greg Romaneck, Children's Literature - September 1, 2015
Bearce focuses her writing talents on topics such as espionage, secret weapons, technological innovations, and daring missions that may be little known by readers. In telling these stories in brief, Bearce does an excellent job of drawing her readers into the realm of the unexpected within the context of America’s deadliest conflict. In each instance Bearce brings to life a cast of characters who in some cases failed and, in others, had a significant impact upon aspects of the war.
Review: Bookshelf: What We're Reading - March 2, 2015
This is a very well balanced look at the Civil War. Bearce shows that the Union and the Confederacy both had successes and failures. She also includes information about men, women and children, slave and free. It isn’t a comprehensive look at the Civil War but it does give young readers information that they aren’t going to find in other books on the topic. Bearce is a former teacher and she knows both how to hook her readers and how to deliver the facts . . . Pick this one up for history buffs, those who aren’t sure and even adult enthusiasts.

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